June 2, 1989

— for Xiaobo

This isn’t good weather
I said to myself
standing under the lush sun.

Standing behind you
I patted your head
and your hair pricked my palm
making it strange to me.

I didn’t have a chance
to say a word before you became
a character in the news,
everyone looking up to you
as I was worn down
at the edge of the crowd

just smoking
and watching the sky.

A new myth, maybe,
was forming there
but the sun was so bright
I couldn’t see it.

— Liu Xia

Chinese poet Liu Xia has been under house arrest since her husband, Liu Xiaobo, an imprisoned human rights activist and scholar, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize prize in October 2010. She has yet to be charged with a crime.